Aaron Sorkin returns to television with The Newsroom, and this first trailer makes the show out to be so very Aaron Sorkin. For fans of The West Wing and Sports Night, that’s probably all you need to hear.
For those who aren’t predisposed to love Sorkin’s work, here’s the attraction in The Newsroom: Jeff Daniels, playing a big-time, buttoned-up news anchor who finally lets his real personality fly, and then has to deal with the career fallout that results. There are a few potential red flags in this trailer: Sorkin’s near-trademark treatment of women; the possibility that the main figure is a political mouthpiece in search of a character; and a reliance once more on Sorkin’s classic “one man fighting the good fight” approach.
But good lord, Jeff Daniels just looks great. He’s an actor that is often dismissed, I think, and the brief couple minutes of this trailer may be enough to change that for many people. Read More »
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When making a movie, before a single frame of film is shot, the entire cast does a table read where they literally sit around a table and read the entire script. It’s a great way for cast members who don’t know each other to meet one another and give everyone an idea of what the final movie might play like. Some actors look forward to this more than the final movie because it’s a one time only, never again captured version of the thing they’re going to create.
Once in a while these table reads make it onto DVDs as extra features. Other times they make it onto YouTube and years later get featured on Reddit. That’s what happened with this table read of the 2007 Greg Mottola film Superbad. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2011 by Angie Han
After some notable success in the world of feature films, Aaron Sorkin will be making his triumphant return to television with a brand-new drama about the goings-on at a fictional cable news network. A Greg Mottola-directed pilot has already been shot, and HBO has now given the greenlight to an entire season of the hourlong show. Formerly titled More as This Story Develops, the series revolves around a cable news anchor Will McCallister (Jeff Daniels) and his tough executive producer Mackenzie (Emily Mortimer) as they attempt to get their show back on track after a massive staff shake-up. Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, July 4th, 2011 by Angie Han
Slumdog Millionaire and Skins star Dev Patel is the latest actor to join the cast of Aaron Sorkin‘s HBO pilot More As This Story Develops. The story revolves around a cable news anchor named Will McCallister (Jeff Daniels) and his executive producer Mackenzie (Emily Mortimer) as they attempt to get their show back on track after a massive staff shake-up. Alison Pill, Sam Waterston, Olivia Munn, John Gallagher Jr., Thomas Sadoski and Josh Pence are also signed on to star. Few details have been given on Patel’s character, but it is said that he will be “a series regular who works at the channel.”
Scott Rudin and Alan Poul are executive producing the project, along with Sorkin. Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland) will direct the pilot. [Variety]
After the jump, Vince Vaughn buddies up with Ben Stiller again, Allison Janney joins Chris Colfer’s big screen debut, and Jason London talks UFOs with Brandon Fehr.
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Here’s a pretty wild collection of talent: Greg Mottola, director of Superbad, Adventureland and Paul, will direct the new HBO pilot that Aaron Sorkin is assembling starring Jeff Daniels as a new cable network political commentator. Read More »
Surprising heartfelt and consistently funny, Paul is a worthy addition to several film genres. It’s a solid science fiction movie, with its own unique alien back story, a fun road trip film, filled with gorgeous locales and quirky characters, and a hilarious pop culture love letter, as it’s filled with references to all kinds of movies that paved the way for its existence. If you’re a fan of any of those types of films, you’ll find something to like with Paul. It’s never flashy, it never blows your mind but it’ll keep you entertained.
After the jump, read more thoughts on Paul and (re) watch our exclusive interviews conducted with co-writer and co-stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Greg Mottola. Read More »
If you love movies, you could sit and talk with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for hours. They’re such cool guys and just like us: Humongous movie fans who eat, sleep and breath the art of film. The only difference is that Pegg and Frost just so happen to make movies as well and their latest film, Paul, is yet another love letter to the movies. It follows two British nerds who travel to America for San Diego Comic Con and to visit various alien-themed landmarks. Along the way, they run into a crass, escaped actual alien named Paul and join him on a heartfelt journey filled with references to sci-fi films of the past.
Last week, I was given ten short minutes to speak to Pegg and Frost at one of the venues that not only influenced their film, but makes an appearance in it as well. About three hours outside of Las Vegas resides The Little A’Le’Inn, a tiny restaurant on the doorstep of Area 51 where Pegg and Frost stopped as they were doing research for the movie. There we spoke to Greg Mottola, the director of the film, as well as the co-stars and co-writers, who discussed the film, its references, Carl Weathers (!?) and got super geeky discussing internet spoilers, collectibles and even The Phantom Menace in 3D. Check out the video after the jump. Read More »
In the middle of the Nevada desert, forty-five minutes from the nearest gas station, is an alien themed restaurant/motel called The Little A’Le’Inn (pronounced “Alie-inn”). It’s one of the closest business establishments to the gate of the mysterious military base known as Area 51, which is legendary for its rumors and conspiracies. Is this were America houses the aliens that supposedly crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947? Roland Emmerich and Steven Spielberg seem to think so and have set parts of their movies there. Those films and so much more have made Area 51 a must-visit destination for alien enthusiasts. And when those people get hungry, they stop at The Little A’Le’Inn.
While researching the script for their latest movie, Paul, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost took a long RV trip and ended up at the Rachel, NV restaurant. The actors felt such a kinship with its authenticity, they ended up writing it into their movie. (It’s the place with Jane Lynch that you see in the trailer.) It seemed fitting, then, that Universal asked a pack of journalists to hop in RVs and ride all the way out to The Little A’Le’Inn to interview Pegg, Frost as well as director Greg Mottola about Paul, which hits theaters Friday March 18. It’s a hilarious, referenced laced love letter to sci-fi movies and road trips, with a great cast to support an incredible special effect. We talked to Mottola about all of this, his penchant for one word titles, the film’s poster and more in our 5 minute sit down interview, which you can watch after the jump.
Later this week, check back for our 10 minute sit down with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Read More »
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